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Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-04-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By puffingirl
Thank you, Miranda, for the great suggestions. I...

Thank you, Miranda, for the great suggestions. I have asked for a meeting with her teacher for this year to gather more information about where DD is at this point and then we are going to ask for a...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-04-2014, 05:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 206
Posted By puffingirl
Thanks for replying. I appreciate hearing from a...

Thanks for replying. I appreciate hearing from a teacher. I really feel for her teacher this year who is trying really hard to accommodate a lot of different levels of learning and is terrific with...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   04-03-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 206
Posted By puffingirl
DD is in 1st grade and was identified as...

DD is in 1st grade and was identified as "gifted" by the county, based on testing scores and teacher info.  We put her into the lottery (not enough seats for everyone that is qualified so they do a...
Forum: Parenting   12-10-2013, 07:18 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,043
Posted By puffingirl
We did Santa ( no naughty lists and he brings...

We did Santa ( no naughty lists and he brings only 1 gift) but I decided from the start that I would be honest when DD asked for the truth. Well, that happened last night---DD is 6. She was totally...
Forum: Parenting   12-09-2013, 09:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 262
Posted By puffingirl
Another thing to remember is that it can be hard...

Another thing to remember is that it can be hard for all people, but especially kids, to envision themselves in a future situation that is completely unknown. I know I can't really envision being...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-05-2013, 07:03 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,214
Posted By puffingirl
I've been reading the book Light Up Your Child's...

I've been reading the book Light Up Your Child's Mind and it has some great ideas for making learning meaningful, engaging and challenging for all kids but particularly gifted ones.
Forum: Parenting   10-31-2013, 01:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,087
Posted By puffingirl
Not an entirely bad day but the flat tire on my...

Not an entirely bad day but the flat tire on my way from work to the school Halloween parade did me in. We're skipping DD's tennis class tonight and watching cartoons now. I'm tired from all the...
Forum: Learning at School   10-30-2013, 10:26 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,192
Posted By puffingirl
I was dismayed by the complete overload of junk...

I was dismayed by the complete overload of junk food at the parties this year so I asked the school if I could help with getting some healthier items to come in as well. They were all for it. At the...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   10-09-2013, 05:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By puffingirl
Thanks! I think she might go for a grain/legume...

Thanks! I think she might go for a grain/legume salad and she does like veggie sushi and summer rolls.
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   10-09-2013, 09:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By puffingirl
My 6yo DD has decided that she doesn't want to...

My 6yo DD has decided that she doesn't want to eat meat anymore. I think we can make the switch to veggie dinners ok, but I need some more ideas for school lunches. She is not a picky eater at home,...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-20-2013, 06:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 274
Posted By puffingirl
I don't have much in the way of encouragement...

I don't have much in the way of encouragement since we are in a very similar boat with DD (1st grade). Same story about testing only one grade ahead and not providing challenging material, despite...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   10-19-2012, 07:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 237
Posted By puffingirl
We went apple picking this week and have been...

We went apple picking this week and have been making apple treats all week.  We had apple cinnamon bundt cake (so good!), I made apple pie filling for the freezer and we'll can some apple butter...
Forum: Meal Planning   10-17-2012, 09:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,071
Posted By puffingirl
Mistake: not checking the cupboards (either...

Mistake: not checking the cupboards (either before or after meal planning), leading to not using stuff we had, buying duplicates, or thinking that we had more of a staple item and find out when I'm...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   10-13-2012, 06:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 599
Posted By puffingirl
It is hard to balance it all.  One thing that...

It is hard to balance it all.  One thing that helps us is having someone come in to clean once a month.  We still have plenty of cleaning to do on a regular basis, but know that everything is going...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-11-2012, 09:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 275
Posted By puffingirl
I've been thinking about some of the things that...

I've been thinking about some of the things that many of you have written and it's really helped clarify things for me.  It does feel like a more sane approach to not always be pushing for more....
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-10-2012, 09:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 275
Posted By puffingirl
Thank you for your thoughtful replies. They...

Thank you for your thoughtful replies. They really helped me today when I was talking to another parent and was better able to hold my ground, not get too worked up myself, present an alternate view...
Forum: Learning at School   10-09-2012, 08:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,171
Posted By puffingirl
DD is in kindergarten and we also use a...

DD is in kindergarten and we also use a Planetbox (I'm finding she eats much more this way than when I had stuff in bags last year at pre-k).  She'll take a half sandwich (PB+J, turkey and cheese),...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-09-2012, 07:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,925
Posted By puffingirl
We got a Strider balance bike for DD when she...

We got a Strider balance bike for DD when she was 2 and she loved it.  We moved up to a 2-wheel pedal bike this last year and she learned to ride it so quickly, having mastered balancing on the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-09-2012, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 275
Posted By puffingirl
DD is 5, has just started kindergarten at our...

DD is 5, has just started kindergarten at our local public school, and I think we're all settled into the new routine.  She likes school and her teacher and is having fun there (hooray!), even if...
Forum: Parenting   09-28-2012, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 517
Posted By puffingirl
There was a dance class that DD was loved last...

There was a dance class that DD was loved last year that I couldn't stand for a number of reasons.    I opted out of everything extra (the recital, the photos, etc), even though DD would have liked...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-04-2012, 05:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By puffingirl
Thank you both for your replies.  We had just...

Thank you both for your replies.  We had just been talking about some sort of music lessons for DD--she's asking for them.  Either piano or violin, I guess.  She's saying she'd prefer violin but...
Forum: Learning at School   09-03-2012, 03:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 395
Posted By puffingirl
I love that most of the kids at our school walk...

I love that most of the kids at our school walk there and back everyday.  It's cool to be part of the community in this way.  
 
DD is in kindergarten and I love that they have either music or PE...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-02-2012, 09:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By puffingirl
DD is 5 and excels in reading (she reads at...

DD is 5 and excels in reading (she reads at about a 5th or 6th grade level) and verbal skills (we haven't done testing, I have no idea if she's "gifted" or not, but this seemed like the best place...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   06-18-2012, 07:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 250
Posted By puffingirl
DD and I had a terrible day yesterday....

DD and I had a terrible day yesterday.  http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif She was constantly testing limits, not listening and being outright defiant, which is not typical for...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-26-2012, 11:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 384
Posted By puffingirl
I was a picky eater as a kid.  My own DD is FAR...

I was a picky eater as a kid.  My own DD is FAR more adventurous and easy going about food than I was.  I remember really having a hard time with foods I didn't like as a kid and it would prompt...
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